Congolese doctor and pastor, Denis Mukwege, appointed member of the WHO Scientific Council

Denis Mukwege, Congolese pastor and gynecologist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his action with women victims of genital mutilation, has been appointed member of the WHO Scientific Council created in April 2021. 

During the first meeting of the Scientific Council of the World Health Organization (WHO) organized to decide on the first steps of its program, Pentecostal pastor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege has been appointed member of the Council Congolese media reports Political. He thus becomes the first French-speaking African to be part of this organization.

According toCentral African News Agency, this structure created in April 2021 by the Director General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will act as "spokesperson for scientific managers and absolutely advise the Director General of WHO on high priority scientific questions and the progress of science and technology that could have a direct impact on global health ”.

Ce scientific Council will, inter alia, function "to assess urgent and high priority scientific questions", "to identify current and emerging scientific and technological problems which WHO must tackle", "to give strategic direction to actions of WHO in the fields of science, research and innovation ”or“ to participate in the rapid and confidential review of WHO normative products ”.

The WHO Scientific Council is made up of nine scientists from around the world who are "recruited and selected as recognized experts from around the world in the fields of basic sciences, translational and clinical research, social sciences, epidemiology and public health".

Among these members, besides the doctor Denis Mukwege, include Professor Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine in 1989 and Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr Salim Abdool Karim, Director of the Center for the AIDS Research Program in South Africa, the Managing Director of the European Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the UK, Dr Edith Herard, Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases in Malaysia, Dr Mary-Claire King, Professor of Genome Sciences in Washington, USA, Professor Abla Mehio Sibai, professor of epidemiology at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, dr Bill Pape, director and founder of Gheskio in Haiti as well as dr Yongyuth Yuthavong, specialized in genetic engineering in Thailand.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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